This is purely speculation on my part.
knivesandbooks wrote: ↑
Thu Oct 04, 2018 11:17 am
Is the cqi just the detent ball?
As one who owned both versions, I think the tip may be ground with a bit more upwards curve to shorten the length slightly. My original one’s blade would barely touch the rear stand-off when it was closed. But only if the blade moved side to side. I noticed a tiny, tiny chip in the edge that lined up with said standoff. That same standoff also has a small corresponding scratch. I never dropped it. My theory is that I was shifting the blade hard enough to the clip side when opening the knife with my thumb, that it damaged the edge.
So when I got the CQI version, that was one of the first things I noticed. The blade is no where near that standoff.
At least a mm away now. I wish I had both samples(sold the original to buy the CQI) to compare blade profiles/tips side by side. Another thought is that it is just a production variance.
Maybe @sal or someone can chime in.